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, for good reason, the church of the president, st. john's across the street from the white house. across washington, hundreds of thousands of people were already beginning to gather on the national mall. as the obamas left church, choirs performed at the capitol for the early arrivals ♪ ♪ this land was made for you and me ♪ >> back at the white house and following tradition, the president hosted congressional leaders for coffee. ♪ while across town on the inaugural stand, distinguished guests took their places. the justices of the supreme court, former president and mrs. carter, former president and secretary clinton. at mid morning, the presidential procession left the white house and made its the way to the capitol. a journey of just under two miles, though the political distance lately has been much greater. >> thank you. i miss this place. >> at the capitol, the assembled crowd got its first glimpse of the obama family. daughters, malia and sasha, everyone remarking at once how much they have grown since this same event four years ago. then first lady michelle obama. and fina
. and i think the white house is calculated at every point, it's our plan versus the republican shutting everything down. and that's a hand they would like it play, i think, at the white house. andrea: at the same time, the president says i'm ready to compromise on medicare. well, will progressives, will that wing of the party let him actually put cards on the table? does he want to put cards on the table? >> i can tell you the white house sent little trial balloons to leaders in the progressive movement whether they would stomach anything like chain c.p.i. which the center for american progress has in the past championed. it was a no sale. and there hasn't been any give at all. and i think there's also a sense of almost free despair on the left that the president will give on the issue of deep cuts and entitlements. the signals that i'm getting to those close to the white house they will draw a hard-line in the stand when it comes to the debt limit and say you know what, republicans, if you want to sell the idea of cutting medicare and social security barcia you don't want to pay our bi
that and a potential major change for the boy scouts. the at is on at the white house. and burglars beware, you don't want to mess with taye diggs. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for tuesday, january 29th, 2013. >>> good morning. i'm mara schiavocampo. the groundwork has been laid and today, president obama will detail his plans for the broadest overhaul of this country's immigration law in nearly three decades. the president will make his announcement in las vegas the day after a bipartisan group of senators up veil their plans. nbc's tracie potts is in washington with more. tracie. good morning. >> reporter: are good morning, everyone. the white house said what the president will say in las vegas is similar to what we saw that group of democrats and republicans lay out here on capitol hill yesterday. but the white house plan is ready to go. a piece of legislation that if congress drags its feet, this is something they'll be able to vote on. the hallmark of that plan is what to do about the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country. conservatives do
. >>> we're across from the white house where president obama is getting ready to take the oath of office. >>> and here on the national mall, everything is in place for a huge party and all of america is invited. >>> a president who broke barriers and inspired the nation four years ago now begins a second term. a second chance to restore hope and bring change. >> despite all the hardship we've been through, despite all the frustrations of washington. i've never been more hopeful about our future. and i ask you to sustain that hope. >> the pomp, the parade, the inaugural balls will come tomorrow, but this is the day that truly mattered. when the president must raise his hand and swear to protect and defend the constitution. >> so help you god? >> so help me god. >>> we're here in the heart of washington, d.c., with spectacular views of the u.s. capitol and the national mall. a two-day inaugural event is getting under way in this city, beginning here at the white house. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. the presidential reviewing sta
and many of us agree with that. >> white house correspondent peter alexander joining me live. on tuesday can we expect to hear from the president about actual legislation or is he going to give us more of the contours of what future legislation would resemble? >> he is diving head first into this major policy speech of his second term. it is going to take place in a state well familiar with the issue of illegal immigration. one of the risks of proposing specific legislation, a bill that has his name on it runs the risk of potentially alienating republicans who might support an overhaul. here is what we expect to hear from the president laying out a blue frint for his immigration reform. he will be expected to push for improving border security and expand the system used by employers to verify the legal status of their workers and perhaps most significantly he will address the path to citizenship. that is getting bipartisan support. it is one of the toughest issues for a lot of republicans. there is a new political reality taking place especially given the fact that a few months back the
>>> hi, everyone. i'm tamron hall. following two new breaking stories at the white house, vice president joe biden announced he and his gun violence task force members will make the recommendations to president obama by next tuesday. right now, they're holding what could be a showdown meeting with the nra and other gun owner groups. it comes after the nra's president lashed out at president obama in a new internet radio interview. >> i think they're being disingenuous. i think they have seen this as an opportunity to go after the 2nd amendment which they have wanted to do for years. >>> also breaking, the atlantic pastor to deliver the benediction at president obama's second term inauguration is announcing to withdraw from the ceremony amid questions of an anti-gay sermon he gave in the mid-'90s. >> if you look at the counsel of the word of the god, you come quickly to the conclusion that homosexuality is not an alternate lifestyle. it is not just a sexual preference. it is not gay. but homosexuality is sin. >> the presidential inaugural committee issued a statement saying, quo
the president's home, cornering the u.s. treasury, now, right next door to the white house. ed henry, much has been made of this speech. i know it happens on a day, martin luther king day, and the markets are closed so they did not have a chance to react to the in your faceness of it, i did not find it that necessarily in your face but he was standing by some things he felt he got elected on but how will it be perceived? some republicans have already said they are not happy. >> he was direct, blunt, and aggressive. this was an address where the president said i won the election, and i am be aggressive in the second term to push my agenda. republicans will not be happy. democrats will be fired up about the idea high could be a bit more aggressive the second term than in the first term. folks on the left are happy he got health care reform done. that he got the stimulus. a lot of democrats believe he did not go hard enough against the republicans in the first time. to become the first president to use the word "gay" in an address or to defend entitlement programs at a time when everyone in washi
church right around the corner from the white house. the swearing in ceremony begins at approximately 11:20 this morning. we will be live at with all that. after the inaugural, the president will have lunch in the u.s. capitol with dignitaries and congressional leaders. that begins at about 1:00. we'll show you as much of that as we can. the parade itself from the capitol to the white house will begin at approximately 2:45. the inaugural balls will get started at about 8:45. all of that will be live on our schedule today. as we mentioned, we want to hear from you as well. we will put the numbers up on the screen -- we will take your calls, tweets, etc.. you can go ahead and dial in right now. hundreds of tweets already at #inaug2013. these are folks trying to get through security. here is what some of them say. -- hannah says -- ann says -- there is quick to win out there this morning. -- wind out there this morning. chesley says -- chelsea says -- ian -- the front page of "the new york times" has this picture -- this was taken by photographer up doug mills. this is the president, a firs
a decade of war, the nation we need to rebuild is our own. >> kristen welker is at the white house. a very good start morning to you. let's talk about the details that the president revealed about the future role of the u.s. in afghanistan. >> good morning to you, alex. the big headline that came out of the joint news conference between president obama and hamid karzai. both leaders agreed to accelerate the transition process, handing over control of an began forces earlier. it will happen in the spring. a little bit more of what president obama had to say of the role of u.s. forces will be, once that transition happens. take a listen. >> starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission. training, advising, assisting, afghan forces. it will be an historic moment, and another step toward full afghan sovereignty. >> now, alex, the big question that remains unanswered, what happens after 2014? that is, of course, the official end of combat operations in afghanistan. earlier this week, the white house had signalled that president obama might be open to having zero troops in afgha
of the presidential inauguration, behind the scenes. the quiet private swearing in today at the white house. sasha obama telling her father, you didn't mess up. this evening, the scene inside the white house, outside, the unprecedented security. what they're doing for this inugation, they've never done before. >>> the other news tonight, after the siege, a clearer picture emerging this evening of th the horror. inside that deadly hostage trap. investigators discover more bodies. >>> the fall-out after the football star breaks his silence. what we've now learn after that elaborate hoax. and back in washington, what a ball. tonight we go back. who did frank sinatra perform for? who decided we needed more than one of these inaugural balls? >> good evening, from our nation's capital tonight. we are here this evening as the nation prepares to witness the moment that comes once every four years, the presidential inauguration. the constitution requires the inauguration to be held on january 20th, but because the day is sunday, the nation will see it play out tomorrow just behind me at the capital. quietl
this morning. after church, the president will head back to the white house, and have a 10:00 coffee with congressional leaders of both parties. and then at 11:55 am the president will take the oath of office, immediately followed by his second inaugural address. >>> after lunch inside the capital, the parade makes its way to the white house, with inaugural floats honoring, among others, the president's birth place, hawaii, and the state of illinois. >>> we saw her in her thom browne coat, starting off her husband's second term, though, with a new look. you noticed the bangs. they have been the talk of town the past few days. we'll take a look at her influence over fashion over the past four years. >> i think there's going to be a lot of talk this morning about the size of the crowd here today and comparing it to the size of the crowd that was here back in 2009, something like 1.8 million people came to washington to witness the first inaugural of this president. they're expecting somewhere between 500,000 and 700,000 this time. and i don't think that should be seen as a lack of enth
for a few minutes. we have a live view of the north portico entrance of the white house. we are told in a few minutes we will have a scene inside the blue room where the president will be taking the oath of office. by the way, were marking the third time he had to -- marked the third time he has added to the oath of office because of the two over the first time. what do you think is going on there today as they prepare for this tomorrow? >> they are probably trying to wrest up. i bet there will be two run throughs of the address, very few changes, at this point. >> was a necessary for him to come back to the white house and do over the oath of office? >> it was semantics to say that he was the newly inaugurated. >> press secretary robert gibbs said in the abundance of caution, no question that he had taken the oath, as constituted by the concept -- constitution. >> as piquancy, what happened during the presidency, everything from his birth, whether or not he was a socialist, everything was in question. i think the caution was well taken, to make sure nobody could ever challenge wheth
minutes on rolled by the white house on sunday night. print that. you have got the president and the secretary of state. i like him. i like hillary clinton. i have interviewed mr. obama six or seven or eight times. we we turned those interviews as part of our celebrations. we polled the best of those conversations. it aired a week or so ago. you can see the interviews we had when people did not know who he was when he was just a state senator. hillary clinton i have interviewed more times over my 20-year career. what troubles me is the extent to which the media is the implicit in not asking the right questions. now the white house gives a gift, and there is nothing of consequence that is asked. we are not in a real conversation about drones, about escalating militarism. it is about friendship and how they get along and what people thought was going to happen. let's talk about the real issues that matter, particularly when women are going into combat. we have a new secretary of state. we have a new defense secretary. i am bothered by the fact that the media continues to get in
now on "first look." president obama unveiling what the white house says is his key priority for is second term, immigration reform. after superstorm sandy hit, residents get what they have been demanding from congress. all that and a change for the boy scouts. the heat is on at the white house and burglars beware. good morning, i'm mara. the groundwork is laid and president obama will detail the plans for the broadest overhaul in nearly three decades. the president will make his announcement a day after senators unveil their plan. nbcs tracie potts is live with more. good morning. >> reporter: mara, good morning. the president and lawmakers are talking about it. this time we could see action because both sides are motivated. if congress drags its feet on immigration, the white house has a plan ready. president obama will lay it out today in las vegas. the white house says it's similar to what democrats and republicans introduced monday. >> we are going to get pushback but americans are saying let's get it fixed. they are in line for citizenship after paying fees and learn en
will present his recommendations on gun violence to the president tuesday. white house officials say an assault weapons ban will still be an element of whatever final package is proposed, despite reporting to the contrary this morning. and while in a 15-minute statement for cameras yesterday, biden emphasized an emerging consensus around a set of what he called gun safety proposals. he did not mention the assault weapons ban idea once. >> there is a surprising -- so far, a surprising recurrence of suggests that we have universal background checks. i've never quite heard as much talk about the need to do something about high-capacity magazines. the whole question of the ability of any federal agency doing any research on the issue of gun violence. >> but even those points are likely to face opposition from the nra. research money for studying the impact of guns is a fraction of what it was in the mid '90s and public health scientists have complained, because the gun lobby has choked off funding to parts of the center for disease control that used to study gun-related injuries and deaths. >>> and
. >>> and no surprise, there was little sign the white house and nra found any common ground in yesterday's closed meeting. the white house released this picture, but they didn't characterize the meeting, and refused to respond to the nra. the nra, they put out a pretty combative statement saying this, quote, we were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the second amendment. >>> on the "today" show this morning, nra president david keen said much of what the white house is considering are, quote, feel-good proposals. >> we have a profound disagreement with this administration. first of all, on what would make a difference. we don't think that a ban on so-called assault weapons, which hasn't worked in the past, is going to work this time. >> do you have the support in congress to block any federal ban on assault weapons in the coming year? >> i do not think there is going to be a ban on so-called assault weapons passed by the congress. >> even as yesterday's white house meeting was occurring, a high sch
a difference. at edward jones, it's how we make sense of investing. >>> the white house can take executive action to address gun violence. he made that comment before starting a closed door meeting at the white house that included victims of gun violence and members of advocacy group assembled for a series of listing sessions. they said the meeting is not a photo op and will leave to immediate urgent action. >> the president is back and executive action can be taken. we haven't decide what that is yet, but we are compiling it all and all the rest of the members. prar. >> the nra is sending a lobbyist and the nations's largest retailer of guns admitted it is underestimating the expectation to attend the meeting. it did under estimated it and back tracked the decision to participate. peter alexander joins us from the white house. peter, has the white house elaborated on vice president joe biden's comment on executive action? >> it's a good question and i finished a conversation with the president of the brady campaign against gun violence. i said did you learn anything more about what the ac
and then the parade. >> live team coverage for you. sarah simmons is live at the white house. wisdom martin is catching up with all the people. lauren has everything you need to know about today's parade. >> we want to begin with our own tom fitzgerald. he is live on the west front. >> reporter: good morning to you and allison. as we were looking down the national mall as the sun is now up, we're able to see we can see you down there from your vantage point overlooking pennsylvania avenue. for the most part here, the crowd on the west front as begun to fill out fairly nicely at this point. we arrived here shortly after 5:00 a.m. this morning when most of the media folks here were allowed to begin on to the grounds. one thing we noticed quickly as for all the preparations underway up here since october when they drove the first nail into the platform, many of these seats were still being set up as we came up in here this morning. you are seeing a mix of different kinds of configurations. these seats up front, these are ticketed. many are vips. they are invited guests of the president or memb
with the quiet ceremony at the white house and our chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl. >> reporter: it was short and sweet. just 42 words. >> so help me god. >> reporter: with that, the seconds term begins. last time around chief justice roberts flubbed the words. >> execute the office -- >> reporter: this time he took notes. tomorrow, president obama will tie a record, taking the oath for the fourth time. there was a flubbed one four years ago, a redo the next day. today's official oath required by the constitution to be done before noon on january 20th and the ceremonial one tomorrow before his inaugural speech. as many oaths since fdr, he was elected four times. the challenge for president obama this time is to recapture the energy and enthusiasm of four years ago when a record 1.8 million people descended on washington to witness the history-making swearing-in of the nation's first african american president. nobody expects a crowd that big again. this time, the president will have his hand on two bibles. abraham lincoln's and martin luther king's. in a video released by the wh
of "today" on a monday morning from capitol hill. as you look at the white house there, now the capitol. i'm matt lauer alongside savannah guthrie, natalie morales and mr. al roker. >> beautiful sunrise in washington. no matter who you voted for, this is an historic day for the country. little cold in the capital, but all along the country, people are starting to gather along the parade route this morning. >> the president and his family have a very full day ahead. so do we here at nbc news. 8:45 eastern starts off, the celebration does. the obamas and bidens will attend a private prayer service at st. john's church. to there back to the white house for 10:00 coffee with congressional leaders. if you were to be a fly on the wall, that may be the event to attend this morning. >> absolutely. and then they'll start to make their way toward the capitol. the inaugural ceremony begins at 11:00, with his swearing in at 11:55, followed, of course, by his public address. this will actually be his fourth time taking the oath. he took it sunday at the white house in a quiet ceremony. four years ago,
. kennedy inside the white house while she was still a teenager. >> it was exciting. it was glamorous, it was fun. >> mimi alford said the affair began on just her fourth day as a white house intern when she was just 19 and the president gave her a private tour that ended up in the first lady's bedroom. >> he didn't put his hands on my shoulders and sort of guided me down to the edge of the bed. i think he may have even said to me, is this all right? i didn't really know what was about to happen. and then what did happen was i lost my virginity right there. >> what followed, she says, was an affair that lasted more than a year. later including telephone calls summoning her from college. >> you're in a limo. they're picking you up and taking you i guess to the airport to fly you to d.c. and you're doing your homework in the car knowing that you're being sent to washington. >> yeah. >> to have sex with the president. >> right. >> essentially. >> i think that's probably partly what makes me feel sad. >> tonight, one woman's story and how it adds to a complicated portrait of our former pr
that meets the white house. and we're hopeful here. can't guarantee it. but one thing you could say, wolf, it's good to be the president. it's almost like being a rock star on every street corner in washington. every time he hits a new intersection, the cheers go up on both sides of pennsylvania avenue. it's just a whole new group of americans to greet as he makes his way to the white house. i have to tell you, it's been pretty exciting to watch all of this unfold from the back of this flat bed truck. every so often you catch a glimpse inside the limousine. when he's inside, sort of bathed in that light, he's waving to people, and you just kind of get that image. that image of history as it's unfolding right in front of us here. >> hey, jim, i think you're breaking up a little bit. there you see the president, the vice president, that's the vice president, that's the vice president, with his thumbs, giving a thumbs up to people along both sides. the vice president and jill biden there in their limo. the president and michelle obama, the first lady, in their limo. they're getting closer and cl
news tomming the agenda today. the white house taking action on gun violence in america. this hour, vice president joe biden kicking off day con of a series of meetings the 16 pennsylvania avenue with a deadline fast approaching to put concrete gun control proposals on the table. today, joe biden meeting with victims of gun violence and leapt tiffs from gun safety groups. now, tomorrow, he sits down by members of gun ownership groups including the controversial national rifle association, walmart also coming to the table as a major gun seller. the vice president will be meeting with representatives of entertainment and gaming video industries. joe biden on the force on this president's task force is trying to create some consensus with the actual goal of recommendations by the end of next month. >> process is designed to get input. and the vice president's group will assess different actions. make recommendations and then the president will decide what he would like to pursue, what he believes is the right course of action. >> of course are the most high-stakes session is tomorrow'
, groups, and gun safety organizations at the white house. referring to the massacre of innocent children in newtown, connecticut, the vice president said this is now a moral issue. >> seeing those and learning of those young children not only being shot but riddled with bullets just -- it's a -- every once in awhile there's something that awakens the conscience of a the country. >> with that in mind and as the white house plans to host groups including the nra on thursday, the vice president said something has to give. >> we are not going to get caught up in the notion unless we can do everything we're going to do nothing. the president is going to act. there are executive orders, executive action that can be taken. we haven't decided what that is yet. as well as legislative action, we believe is required. >> now, that reference to executive order prompted right wing media hysteria within minutes. the drudge report posting their headline with pictures of hitler and stalin. a thoughtful approach. but the biden meeting has, in fact, spurred at least one common sense change of heart from a
, to replace treasury secretary tim geithner. a sign the white house expects a big fight over the federal budget lew is the safe pick. he has been confirmed twice by the senate before. just in this administration. if confirmed in time, he can face his first test next month over the debt ceiling. lew is a walk among walks. described in one profile by the huffington post. quote, as harry potter grew up and replaced his magic wand with excel spread sheets. if confirmed lew will be the highest ranking orthodox you don't in government. he grew up in queens. brings his own lunch to work. chose sandwich and an apple which he eats at his desk and still commutes back and forth to new york. catching a train home every friday to spend weekends with his wife. he is well liked in the white house. the p came to depend to the act not many people in washington know the budgeting process. >> jack's economic advice has been invaluable and he has my complete trust both because of his mastery of the numbers but because of the values behind those numbers. >> lew is a progressive whose interests in politics be
at arlington national cemetery. the president returns to the white house for his official swearing-in ceremony which will happen in the white house blue room. >> president obama's immediate family will attend the event as chief justice john roberts administers the owe. you may recall the president took the oath twice in 2009 when the chief justice flubbed the oath. i hate to say that but he flubbed the oath at the public swearing-in. >> all that is being saved for tomorrow for the public swearing-in. they began their whirlwind weekend on saturday helping to spruce up an elementary school. it was part of the national day of service. >> last night it is wa party time when first lady,my will show obama, and daughters, sasha and malia, hosted an event for military families and their kids. usher and katy perry were among the performers >>> we have other events to cover as well. including a bloody end to the hostage crisis and stunning video from bulgaria. a man pulling a gun on a political leader. no shots were fired. >>> the second inauguration of barack obama. he came here four years ago amid hig
will make the journey from the white house to this end of pennsylvania avenue up here to capitol hill. then at noon he'll rest one hand on a pair of historic bibles and be sworn in. he'll address the world and be welcomed into the history books. for the first time in a long time, the first time since the ronald reagan second inauguration, it will all be a formality. that's because it happened on the 21st but law requires the presidents and vice presidents be sworn in on the 20th. so today, the 20th, in two quiet ceremonies they were. >> please raise your right hand and repeat after me. i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear that i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states. >> the office of president of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> preserve, protect and defend. >> preserve, protect and defend. >> the constitution of the united states. >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help you god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> thank you mr. chief justice, thank
to the front of the line when they go to the white house to see kennedy. when kennedy finishes his speech, bill heads toward and gets his picture taken along with john f kennedy. he's so proud. he's already dedicated to the idea that he's is going to be the person who is going bring complete honor the family. by the age of 17 is planning to be elected attorney general of arkansas then governor of arkansas, then president of the united states. this is something which everyone who knows him knows about because he talk about it is all the time. he does not go to the university of arkansas, he goes to georgetown and becomes the arkansas candidate for the foip and goes to oxford. he's an incredible success everywhere. he can't have a sustained ongoing relationship with a woman. he's attracted to the kind of women his mother directs him to who are the beauty queens who are flirtatious and attractive. and that is where his eyes have been. until he comes back to yale law school. there he meets hillary rod hillary writes in her own memoir as if her childhood were more or less idyllic. it wasn't. her mot
've been in the white house with meetings. you know, i think even just seeing now that the vice president is going to virginia and holding a roundtable, you know, shows that the administration understands that really the missing piece to this is the american public outrage and engagement, that we have to match what's been so prevalent on the other side for so long. we've begun to see that. it's been incredible. everyone is watching. let's keep this up because we can get this done. >> i want to introduce to america ben smith. >> we stopped any the hallway. joy, first, in terms of this moment in time, i mean, i think there was a sense of collective pessimism about whether anything would happen, but given the fact that this -- a, the conversation continues. >> right. >> we are still on this television show, and many other television shows, talking about where this stuff is going. the nra seems to be relying on their sort of tyranny of the top, elitist gun grabbers. i am not sure that this time it is want different, which is a double negative. i think this time might be different. >> no, and
urging the white house to act unilaterally on the debt ceiling as well. twenty-one democrats led by congressman peter welch said in a letter that they fully support any use of presidential authority, including interpreting the 14th amendment to support presidential action to prevent the government from going into default. that amendment contained a section stating that the validity of the public and the united states shall not be questioned. at best interpret those words to be authorization for the president to act on his own is to say the least eight tortured reasoning. and as a matter of law, the federal borrowing limit is set by congressional approval. the white house, not as adventurous as the democrats in congress to send that letter. the white house unwilling to take on more than one constitutional amendment and challenge at a time. white house spokesman jay carney today. >> the proposition on the 14th amendment has not changed. let's be clear. congress has the responsibility and the sole authority to raise the debt ceiling. congress must do its job. lou: the administration
>> coming up, gun violence is the focus of a second day of meetings at the white house. vice-president joe biden prepares to meet with the nra and retailers. >> the recovery begins for redskins quarterback robert griffin iii, after knee surgery. >> and this was inspired to wear a shirt of gold. "good morning washington" at 5:00 a.m. begins now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> i have one of those on right now underneath this. >> move over, mr. t. >> good morning, washington. it's thursday, january 10. >> we will get straight to meteorologist jacqui jeras. we are excited about the temperatures. >> we will not see a lot of improvement throughout today unfortunately. if we have a northerly wind,shine, and cloudy. overall, it will be mild. we have about two and a half hours for temperatures to continue dropping. it's 47 degrees in the district, 45 in gaithersburg, 43 at dulles, 44 in culpeper. there's a satellite picture. a variable amount oflienouds. there you see be express forecast. temperatures moving into the 50's this afternoon. sixty i
, nbc news, new york. >>> at the white house today, vice president joe biden presided over a meeting of gun control supporters, one day before a planned meeting with gun rights advocates, including the nra. this is all in advance of the administration's push for new gun laws in the post newtown era. our white house correspondent kristen welker was there. she is with us tonight from the north lawn. kristen, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. trying to maintain momentum. for stiffer gun control laws in the wake of that tragedy. vice president biden met with victims' groups and gun safety organizations here at the white house today and laid down a new political marker. meeting with his gun safety task force, the vice president said the white house is prepared to act if congress does not. >> i want to make it clear that we are not going to get caught up in the notion, unless we can do everything we're going to do nothing. it's critically important we act. >> reporter: sources close to the talks say among the executive actions, the president is considering expanding ba
without pomp or pageantry, it was a simple affair in the white house blue room, with his wife and daughters at his side. the president fulfilling the constitutional requirement of being sworn in on the 20th of january. meanwhile, thousands have descended on this city tonight to share in tomorrow's traditional public swearing in and inaugural parade and witness the start of the second half of barack obama's historic presidency. we have full coverage of the second inauguration and we start with nbc's peter alexander across the street from the white house at lafayette park. peter, good evening. >> reporter: lester, good evening to you. the first family will watch that inaugural parade right behind us. this is pennsylvania avenue and that is the reviewing stand where they will sit. but before the festivities can begin, the president today had to take care of some constitutional business. >> i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear -- >> reporter: the ceremony was as intimate as it was brief. inside the white house, joined by his immediate family, president obama was sworn in by
of being loyal to president obama. the obama white house was concerned in the beginning, that this superstar, part of team clinton, was going to over-shadow the president and the white house. they were very controlling sometimes in how they methods foreign policy, but secretary clinton never stepped on anybody's toes. she always left it to the president to take the lead on things. so i think that was a sign that she was a team player. i find, charlie, more people from both parties today saying that they thought she did a good job, and that she showed that she has real depth. then you would have found four years ago. >> rose: clearly it enhanced her reputation. >> i think so. >> rose: when you look forward to the service of john kerry, assuming what most people believe the obvious confirmation because he's of the senate himself, will he be a different secretary of state? >> would expect, charlie, that you'll see a little bit more of the back-channel negotiating style that we associate with a kissinger or jim bake frer senator kerry. he thinks that we need a period of quie
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